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1 Biography of Arthur Miller By: Mike Klotz, Danae Cota, Bridget Nash, Mitch Rhodes

2 ARTHUR MILLER BIOGRAPHY Born in Harlem, New York City in 1915 He graduated from High school in Brooklyn, Entered to the University of Michigan and started writing plays. He joined the Federal Theatre Project in New York City. His decision of becoming a writer came from Dostoevky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov

3 How did Arthurs social conscience affect his work? Some Playwrights are affected by his struggle and feelings toward the Great Depression. Incorporates social awareness and deep and personal insights into weaknesses of characters. Bases playwrights off issues and problems of society. Ex: Death of Salesman(1949) mixes tradition of social realism with some main characters.

4 Effects of Investigation on Millers writing of The Crucible: Changes Miller made in the writing made some people angry. Use of communism in writing was investigated. Hollywood writers were investigated for use of communism.

5 The House of Un- American Activities committee It took place in He was called to testify and tell the names of people he saw at a communist sympathizers meeting. He refused to name the writers and was convicted of contempt. A year later the US court of appeals overruled the conviction.

6 Common Themes of Plays “The drama of family” Injustice, betrayal and responsibility of out lives reoccurs Distinct moral and political beliefs Power conflicts, personal and social responsibility Reflections of past actions, and battles of guilt and hope.

7 Awards and Accomplishments All My Sons won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and two Tony Awards in 1947 Death of a Salesman won a Tony and the Pulitzer Prize The Crucible won the Antoinette Perry Award


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